Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Computer Engineering) - Course Overview

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BE Computer Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering is one of the most popular BE courses in India. The BE Computer Engineering course covers every aspect of Computer Engineering in great detail.


Some of the popular subjects included in this 4-year long course are Data Structure and Algorithm, Computer Architecture, Database Management, etc. The minimum eligibility criteria for BE Computer Engineering varies from college to college and state to state.


Colleges granting admission through JEE Main generally set minimum eligibility criteria of 75% aggregate marks at the 10+2 level. The other colleges generally set the minimum aggregate marks criteria between 50%-65%.


Every year, more than a million candidates contest to get admission to this course. The admission to BE Computer Engineering course is granted on the basis of Entrance Exams. The most important national level entrance exams for this course are JEE Main and JEE Advanced, while there are many state-level and Institute level entrance exams as well. 

Many reputed Engineering colleges in India offer BE Computer Engineering courses. Some of the top colleges offering BE Computer Engineering are listed below. 

NIRF Engineering Ranking 2020 College Name Average Annual Fees Average Placement Package 
28Jamia Millia Islamia, New DelhiINR 38,190INR 5 Lakhs
29Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala INR 3.9 LakhsINR 6.3 Lakhs
88Osmania University, HyderabadINR 19,770INR 5.5 Lakhs
109Army Institute of Technology, PuneINR 1.6 LakhsINR 7 Lakhs
125Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, MumbaiINR 1.5 LakhsINR 7.7 Lakhs

The average annual fees for BE Computer Engineering course in India ranges between INR 50,000 to INR 3,00,000, depending on the type of college you choose (government or private). After completing BE Computer Engineering, candidates can get numerous job opportunities in reputed software companies of the world.



The job profiles offered to these candidates include Software tester, Software Developer, Project Engineer, Web Developer, Front End Developer, Back End Operator, among others or can pursue higher studies like MTech Computer Engineering course. The candidates interested in working as managers can also go for an MBA course.


The average annual starting salary offered to BE Computer Engineering candidates ranges between INR 3.5 Lakhs to INR 7 Lakhs. The salary varies depending on the type of company, job and skills of the candidates. 

BE Computer Engineering is a 4-year with 8-semesters undergraduate degree which teaches a candidate about every aspect of Computer Engineering. 


  1. It includes a detailed study of coding languages, along with various other important concepts on Computer Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, etc.
  2. It includes a detailed study of major programming languages like C, C++, Java and Python. Along with the software subjects, this course will also include hardware subjects like Analog and Digital Electronics. 
  3. This course also includes compulsory internships and live projects, where a candidate would have to perform software operations on their own. This gives them the opportunity to learn about the subject under an industry environment.


After this course, a candidate will be able to design their own websites and apps, and maintain them efficiently and acquire positions of importance like Graphic Designer, Computer and Information Research Scientist, IT support analyst, Computer Hardware Engineer, Network Engineer, IT consultant, Programmers, Teacher etc.


The average salary offered to a BE Computer Engineer ranges anywhere from INR 3 to 10 lakhs. B.E. Computer Science degree holders are able to have a successful career in academia, industry, and public service, providing technical leadership by solving significant problems across a broad range. The course develops an individual well to adapt to new technologies, tools and methodologies that come their way.

Full-FormBachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering 
Level of StudyUndergraduate 
Course Duration4 years
Eligibility10+2 with PCM and English 
Admission ProcessEntrance Based 
Examination typeSemester 
Course FeeINR 50,000 to 30 Lakhs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 Lakhs to 10 Lakhs
Job OptionsSoftware tester, Software Developer, Project Engineer, Web Developer, Front End Developer, Back End Operator, etc. 
Areas of EmploymentMNCs, Corporate Houses, Banks, Software Development Companies, Web Designing Firms, etc. 

One must consider pursuing BE Computer Engineering because of the following reasons:


  1. In-Demand Course: The candidates of BE Computer Engineering are always highly demanded in the tertiary sector. Hence, the demand for this course is always high.
  2. Demand to increase in future: With the rapid growth in the software industry, the demand for this course has been rising. Also, since COVID 19 Pandemic has pushed people further to use technology, they have grown more comfortable with it and there are high chances that it would affect the demand of Computer Engineers in the near future.
  3. High Starting Salary: The candidates with BE Computer Engineering are offered an average starting salary in the range of INR 3 Lakhs to 7 Lakhs. But, if the candidates have a highly polished skill set, then the starting salary may easily rise upto INR 15 Lakhs. 
  4. Opportunities of working in reputed MNCs: Reputed and top MNCs in the world including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc regularly recruit these BE Computer Engineers in large numbers. Furthermore, India is one of the favourite spots for MNCs to recruit employees. 
  5. Opportunities of Working Abroad: BE Computer Engineers graduates have a lot of opportunities for working abroad. The top MNCs generally offer a job in their headquarters which are usually situated abroad to their best employees. 


Skills required for BE Computer Engineering:

Knowledge of Computer LanguagesProgramming skills
Creative thinkingStrong Grasping power
Critical and Analytical skillsKnowledge of Advanced Computer Operations

The two courses have been compared in the table given below:

Parameters BE Computer Engineering BTech CSE
Full-Form Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering Bachelor of Technology In Computer Science Engineering 
Overview This course includes a detailed study of Coding Languages, Data Structures, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Computer Architecture, etc. This course also includes the similar subjects, but this course focuses on the technical aspects and practical based learning, rather than the theoretical learning. 
Duration 4 years 4 years 
Examination Type Semester basedSemester based
Admission Process Entrance Based Entrance Based 
Eligibility Criteria 10+2 with PCM and English 10+2 with PCM and English
Top Colleges Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Army Institute of Technology, etc. IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, etc. 
Average Annual Fees INR 50,000 to INR 3 LakhsINR 50,000 to INR 2 Lakhs 
Job Profiles Software tester, Software Developer, Project Engineer, Web Developer, Front End Developer, Back End Operator, etc. Software tester, Software Developer, Project Engineer, Web Developer, Front End Developer, Back End Operator, etc. 
Recruiting Areas MNCs, Corporate Houses, Banks, Software Development Companies, Web Designing Firms, etc. MNCs, Corporate Houses, Banks, Software Development Companies, Web Designing Firms, etc. 
Average Annual Salary INR 3 Lakhs to 7 Lakhs INR 4 Lakhs to 10 Lakhs

BE Computer Engineering and BTech CSE are very similar courses, the only difference is that BTech CSE focuses more on the technical aspects of the course, while BE Computer Engineering focuses on both theoretical and technical aspects of Computer Engineering. 

Almost all the colleges grant admission to the BE Computer Engineering course on the basis of Entrance Exams. The most popular national level entrance exam for this course is JEE Mains. The admission process for BE Computer Engineering is discussed below:


Application Process- In case of government colleges, the candidates will have to apply for the entrance exams first, and then they will have to apply to the college during counselling. But in case of private colleges, the candidates may need to apply for the Entrance Exam for BE Computer Engineering and the college separately at the same time. The entrance exam form is available on the official website of the conducting body, while colleges release applications on their official website. 


Entrance Exam- The Engineering Entrance Exams for BE Computer Engineering are mostly CBT or Computer Based Tests, conducted on multiple dates. The candidates will be allotted one date either by the conducting body or they will be selecting it themselves. The admit cards are generally released 10-15 days prior to the entrance exam.


Result and Cut Offs- Along with the results of the BE Computer Engineering candidates, the conducting body also releases the cut off lists, which are the minimum marks required to qualify the exam. 


E-counselling and Seat Allocation- The candidates who will qualify the BE Computer Engineering Entrance Exam become eligible for appearing for online counselling and seat allocation process. During this, the candidates would have to submit a list of their preferred colleges and lock their choices. The computerised seat allocation system then allocates one seat out of the locked seats on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the BE Computer Engineering Entrance Exam.


Document Verification- Once the candidates are alloted seat, they will be called for the document verification process. The candidates will have to report to the assigned institution with all their original documents to prove their eligibility. 


Enrollment- The candidates found eligible after document verification will be offered admission to the course. 

Important documents which are needed to be submitted for the process of document verification are listed below.


  1. Marksheet and Pass Certificate of class 12
  2. Marksheet of class 10
  3. Birth Certificate / Class 10 Admit Card
  4. Entrance Exam Rank Card
  5. Seat Allotment Letter 
  6. Entrance Exam Admit Card
  7. Domicile Certificate (if required) 
  8. Passport Size Photographs
  1. A candidate must hold a graduate/post graduate degree with a minimum of 10+2 years of formal education with Mathematics as one of the subjects from a recognized university/institute.
  2. Candidates, who are in the final year, are also eligible to apply provided they complete their formal education.
  3. The candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age or above. However, the maximum age is set to be 23 years.
  4. Candidates should have passed 12th standard or equivalent examination recognized by AICTE and State Government in Physics and Mathematics subjects along with Chemistry / Electronics / Biology / Biotechnology / Computer Science as optional subjects and English as one of the languages of study. 
  5. Students must have obtained a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate (40% for SC/ST/OBC).


The colleges which accept admission through JEE Main follow the eligibility criteria set by the JEE authority. 


For being eligible for JEE Main, a candidate must secure minimum 75% aggregate marks at the 10+2 level. 


For the other colleges, which may not consider JEE Main Score, the minimum required aggregate marks ranges between 50% – 65%. However, one must note that the eligibility criteria for BE Computer Engineering varies from college to college.

Apart from JEE Main and Advanced, many states individually conduct their own engineering entrance exams for the selection of candidates for BE Computer Engineering. Some of the reputed engineering colleges also conduct their own entrance exams for admission to the BE Computer Engineering programme. Some of the popular BE Computer Engineering Entrance Exams are:

Exam Name Last Date to Apply Examination DateResult Date 
JEE MainMay 24, 2020 September 1-6, 2020 September 11, 2020 
JEE AdvancedSeptember 17, 2020 September 27, 2020 October 5, 2020 
MHTCETFebruary 29, 2020 October 12-20, 2020 To be Announced 
WBJEE13-Nov-19February 2, 2020 August 7, 2020 
BITSAT11-May-20May 16th - 23rd, 2020June 20, 2020

JEE Main: Joint Entrance Examination Main is the most popular Engineering Entrance Exam in India. It is a CBT exam conducted twice a year by NTA. The candidates may appear in both the sessions, the best of the two scores will be considered for ranking. Around 10,00,000 lakh candidates appear in this entrance exam every year for admission to all the major engineering courses in India.


JEE Advanced: Only the candidates who successfully qualified JEE Mains are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced Entrance Exam. It is conducted by the IIT Council and is regarded as one of the toughest Entrance Exams in India. This exam is the gateway to all the IITs in our country.


WBJEE: West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination is the state level entrance exam conducted by WBJEE board for admission to all engineering and pharmacy courses offered by the engineering and pharmacy colleges located within the state. It is conducted once a year in offline mode.


MHTCET: Maharashtra Common Entrance Exam is a state level entrance exam for admission to engineering courses offered by the engineering colleges located in Maharashtra state.


BITSAT: Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences conduct this entrance exam for admission to all the courses offered by both the campuses of the institute. The entrance exam is conducted in CBT mode once a year. The results for BITSAT 2020 have been announced.



The syllabus of the BE Computer Engineering entrance exam is the same as the syllabus of the 10+2 level. Some of the important topics for the entrance exam are:

Physics Chemistry Mathematics 
MechanicsD and F BlockPermutations and Combinations
OpticsOrganic ChemistryProbability
Thermodynamics Equilibrium Trigonometry and Trigonometric Inverse 
Electrostatics Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureIntegral Calculus 
Magnetism and Magnetic Effect of Electric current Gaseous StatesDifferential Calculus 
Gravitation Solid StatesDifferential Equations
RotationAtomic StructureVector Algebra and 3D Geometry 

How to Prepare for the BE Computer Engineering Entrance Exam?

Most of the BE Computer Engineering Entrance Exams consist of questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Some may also contain questions on English and general aptitude. The question paper pattern for JEE Mains is discussed below. 


  1. The exam consists of two papers, paper I and paper II. Paper I is for BE and BTech courses, while Paper II is for architecture and designing courses. 
  2. The question paper I consists of 90 questions on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, 30 questions from each subject. 
  3. The maximum marks for the whole paper I is 360. Each correct response will fetch you 4 marks, while 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 
  4. All the questions will be MCQ type, with a single correct response. 


Some of the important points which will help students crack BE Computer Engineering entrance exams easily are as follows:


  1. Try to complete the entire syllabus of the entrance exam at least 1 month before the exam date. This will help you get ample time for revision. 
  2. Focus on your calculations. Try to do fast and accurate calculations. 
  3. Be thorough with the syllabus and important topics to cover so that no topic is left out. 
  4. Practice as many sample papers as you can. Try to solve them within a stipulated time period in the exam environment. 
  5. After solving the sample papers, check your scores and note them down. This will help you in tracking your daily progress and recognising the areas for improvement. 

The Top Colleges offering BE Computer Engineering are:

NIRF Engineering Ranking 2020 College Name Average Annual Fees Average Placement Package 
28Jamia Millia Islamia, New DelhiINR 38,190INR 5 Lakhs
29Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, PatialaINR 3.9 LakhsINR 6.3 Lakhs
88Osmania University, HyderabadINR 19,770INR 5.5 Lakhs
109Army Institute of Technology, Pune INR 1.6 LakhsINR 7 Lakhs
125Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, MumbaiINR 1,.6 LakhsINR 7.7 Lakhs
144Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, NagpurINR 33,600INR 4.5 Lakhs
198Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Navi Mumbai INR 1.4 LakhsINR 3.5 Lakhs
201-300DwarkaDas J Sanghvi College of Engineering, MumbaiINR 1.8 LakhsINR 6.6 Lakhs
201-300Thakur College of Engineering and Technology, MumbaiINR 1.4 LakhsINR 3.3 Lakhs
201-300Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Mumbai INR 1.6 LakhsINR 3.2 Lakhs

The top colleges and universities offering BE Computer Engineering have been compared on the basis of Rankings, Admission Process, Fees, Salary, etc. 

Parameters Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology Jamia Millia IslamiaOsmania University
Overview Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology is one of the most reputed private engineering colleges in India. It was ranked 156 in Asia by Times Higher Education Rankings. Established in 1956, it is a NAAC 'A' graded institute. Jamia Millia Islamia is a reputed Central University located in Okhla, New Delhi. It offers a wide range of courses at the UG, PG and PhD level. Started in 1920 at Aligarh, It is going to complete 100 years of its establishment this year. Osmania University is a state funded public university in Hyderabad. It was founded by the Nizam of Hyderabad, and is currently one of the major universities in the city. It offers multiple disciplines including Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, etc. 
Location Patiala New Delhi Hyderabad 
Ranking 292888
Admission Process Entrance Based Entrance Based Entrance Based 
Average Annual Fees INR 3.9 LakhsINR 38,190INR 19,770
Average Annual Salary INR 6.3 LakhsINR 5 LakhsINR 5.5 Lakhs
Top Recruiters Microsoft IDC, Tata Motors, Amazon, Whirlpool, ZomatoTCS, Adobe India, L&T, Siemens, HSBC, Mahindra and Mahindra. Amazon, Hewlett Packard, Dell Computers, Deloitte, Delphi Corp. 

To get admission in top BE Computer Engineering Colleges, the candidates must keep in mind the following points. 


  1. BE Computer Engineering is one of the most popular BE courses. So, the cutoffs for this course are naturally, very high. 
  2. The candidates aiming for good BE Computer Engineering Colleges must aim to attempt at least 320 marks out of 360 marks in JEE Mains, so that they can comfortably qualify the cutoffs. 
  3. The candidates must avoid rash answering, as wrong answers will deduce their scores. 
  4. The candidates should be careful while locking their choices, they should place the choices with higher chances of selection first. 
  5. The candidates must be careful while filling up the application form, as any mistake in 


the same may lead to cancellation of the candidature. 

BE Computer Engineering Syllabus includes every major coding language, a detailed study of Data Structure, Algorithms, Operating Systems, etc. In the initial semesters, it also includes a revision of basic PCM principles. The detailed semester wise syllabus for BE Computer Engineering is:

Semester ISemester II
Engineering Mechanics Engineering Physics 
Engineering Chemistry Electronic Engineering 
Basic Electrical Engineering Engineering Drawing 
Energy and the Environment Engineering Mathematics II
Engineering Mathematics IComputer Programming II
Computer Programming ICommunication Skills 
Semester IIISemester IV
Data Structure and Algorithms Database Management 
Computer Networks Manufacturing Processes 
Computer Architecture Optimisation Techniques 
Operating Systems Solids and Structures 
Inventions and Innovation in Computing Thermo Fluid 
Engineering Materials Discrete Mathematics 
Semester VSemester VI
Advanced Data Structure and Algorithms Embedded Systems Design 
Artificial Intelligence Image Processing 
Computer Architecture and Organization Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
Software Engineering Microprocessor based System Design 
Theories of ComputationProject
Semester VIISemester VIII
Compiler Construction Ethical Hacking 
Humanities for EngineersSoftware Project Management 
Live ProjectLive Project 
Independent StudyInternship 

What after BE Computer Engineering?

After completing BE Computer Engineering, a candidate may either go for higher studies or get employed. The BE Computer Engineering candidates have a large number of job opportunities available to them after they graduate. After they complete their graduation, if an individual feels that he or she would want to work and not study further, they can be employed in various fields. These candidates are recruited by the reputed software MNCs in the world on a regular basis. Apart from the mainstream software companies, these candidates are also recruited in Banking sector, railways, government agencies, E-commerce companies, etc. Some of the job profiles for BE Computer Engineering candidates are tabulated below:

Job Profile Job Description Average Annual Salary 
Computer EngineerComputer Engineers design, innovate and rebuild softwares, websites and applications of an organisation. They also take care of the existing computer systems, websites, and applications. INR 6 Lakhs
Senior Computer EngineerSenior Computer Engineers supervise the working of the junior software engineers. They also provide valuable guidance and ideas for new building websites and applications. INR 20 Lakhs
IT Consultant IT consultants offer valuable advice on the effective use of Information Technology for various purposes in an organisation. They also help their clients to start new IT based services and flourish their markets. INR 9 Lakhs
Data Scientist Data Scientists try to extract as much valuable information as possible from a given set of data, and apply the same to solve some real life problems. INR 8 Lakhs
Software TesterA software tester tests the new applications, softwares and websites of an organisation and detect any errors, if any. They may also give advice on how to correct that error. INR 7.5 Lakhs
Software Developer Software developers mainly write codes for the underdeveloped and developing software projects. INR 5 Lakhs
SAP Consultant SAP consultants design and develop new variations of softwares, keeping in mind the market demands and the needs of their clients. They also try to innovate the existing softwares to meet the new market demands. INR 6.5 Lakhs

Some companies that recruit BE Computer Engineering students after graduation are:

HCL TechnologiesApple
Infosys TechnologiesIBM Services
TATA ConsultancyFlipkart

Multiple higher studies options are available for these candidates. Some of these options are:


MTech Computer Engineering: Master of Technology in Computer Engineering is one of the most highly sought after MTech courses in India. It is offered by almost all the top Engineering colleges in India, including the reputed IITs and NITs. A candidate must qualify the GATE exam with a good score to get admission to this course. 


MS Computer Engineering: Master of Science in Computer Engineering is a master degree course which can be done after completing any undergraduate computer engineering course. The candidates will have to qualify GATE for getting admission to this course. 


MBA IT: MBA Information Technology is a popular MBA course among the CSE and IT students. This course is specifically curated for students with technical background, and includes a detailed study of both management and IT subjects. A candidate will have to qualify CAT or any other MBA Entrance Exam for admission to MBA IT course. 


MBA Finance: MBA Finance is the second most popular MBA option for Computer Engineers after MBA IT. The candidates who wish to join as IT Officers in various banking organisations generally prefer doing this course.

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